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Americans Elect Encourages Civic Virtue

Write your letter to the Editor against Patriot Act Reauthorization TODAY

They’re old-fashioned, I know, but letters to the editor of your local newspaper are important for a couple of reasons. First, they initiate public conversation among the most active members of your community. People who read newspapers tend to be more educated, more inclined toward participation in civic events, and more likely to show up [...]

Honorable Menschen: Portland, Maine

A few months ago, I was visiting the city of Portland, Maine and parked along a street for an hour or so. The parking meters on that street were set a few feet away from the curb. Not seeing my alloted parking meter, I didn’t feed it a coin.

When I returned to my [...]

Intercollegiate Studies Institute Civics Test Flunks Out

“Americans Don’t Know Civics,” flatly declares the USA Today headline. Agence France Presse and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker dutifully follow suit, passing on the press release of the “Intercollegiate Studies Institute.” Americans are expected to recoil, recoil! at the following fact points:

More than 2/3 of those surveyed earned a failing grade on a [...]